Painters Paintings Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568 – 1625): The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark, …
Painters Work Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568 – 1625): The Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark, 1613, Oil on panel, 54.6 x 83.eight cm (21 half of x 33 in.), Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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Jan Brueghel the Elder was a Flemish painter, son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and father of Jan Brueghel the Youthful. Nicknamed “Velvet” Brueghel, “Flower” Brueghel, and “Paradise” Brueghel, of which the latter two have been derived from his floral nonetheless lifes and paradise landscapes, whereas the previous could consult with the velveteen sheen of his colours.
The story of Noah’s ark supplied a topic effectively suited to Jan Brueghel the Elder’s descriptive skills. Overcome by the wickedness of the human race, God resolved to cleanse the earth with an excellent flood. He spared solely the lives of the household of Noah, the only real simply man. God instructed Noah to construct an ark and to tackle board a male and a feminine of each species of chicken and beast.
A profusion of animals fills the earth and sky. Combating, taking part in, climbing, flying, and swimming, they’re shepherded by Noah towards the ark within the far distance. All species of animals are portrayed, from giant lumbering elephants to tiny turtles and hamsters within the foreground. Bats and birds soar throughout the sky, receding into the background the place brighter skies maintain promise of a future.
In 1609 Brueghel was appointed court docket painter to Archduke Albert and the Infanta Isabella, who had collected unique and strange animals from the world over, making a menagerie in Brussels. Brueghel studied and drew many of those animals from life. With the invention of the New World within the 1600s got here an elevated curiosity about pure historical past. This curiosity led many European rulers, who had up to now collected stuffed animals, shells, and different pure objects, to kind menageries of uncommon reside animals.